Laura Westbrook

Hong Kong

Laura Westbrook

Laura Westbrook is a senior reporter covering Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Post, Laura was a reporter, presenter and senior producer at BBC World News in London. She has also worked as a news reporter in Hong Kong and New Zealand.

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National security law: Amnesty International to close its 2 Hong Kong offices by year’s end, citing impediments to its work

Group says the decision was ‘driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely’.

Group says the decision was ‘driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organisations in Hong Kong to work freely’.

National security law: Amnesty International to close its 2 Hong Kong offices by year’s end, citing impediments to its work
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Hong Kong quarantine woes: Singaporean traveller with epilepsy sent to hospital after hotel staff find him having seizure

Epileptic traveller with food allergy says he fell ill after hotel did not heed request for nut-free meals.

Epileptic traveller with food allergy says he fell ill after hotel did not heed request for nut-free meals.

Hong Kong quarantine woes: Singaporean traveller with epilepsy sent to hospital after hotel staff find him having seizure
24 Oct 2021 - 11:26PM
Wild boar breaking point? Hong Kong authorities say it’s time to get tough, but animal groups resist culling

Attempts to control boars in urban areas have failed because people keep feeding them, officials say, something animal groups believe can be remedied through more education.

Attempts to control boars in urban areas have failed because people keep feeding them, officials say, something animal groups believe can be remedied through more education.

Wild boar breaking point? Hong Kong authorities say it’s time to get tough, but animal groups resist culling
16 Oct 2021 - 11:13PM
Typhoon Kompasu roars past Hong Kong, leaving 1 dead and 20 injured

A 31-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle in Shek O and least 20 other residents were injured during the storm.

A 31-year-old man died after crashing his motorcycle in Shek O and least 20 other residents were injured during the storm.

Typhoon Kompasu roars past Hong Kong, leaving 1 dead and 20 injured
14 Oct 2021 - 9:25AM
Almost half of Hong Kong’s BN(O) migrants are still unemployed, struggle with language and workplace culture differences

New study finds only 18.5 per cent who moved to Britain under visa scheme had found full-time work for an employer as at end of August.

New study finds only 18.5 per cent who moved to Britain under visa scheme had found full-time work for an employer as at end of August.

Almost half of Hong Kong’s BN(O) migrants are still unemployed, struggle with language and workplace culture differences
12 Oct 2021 - 10:52PM
Stock market closed, No 8 warning signal to remain until 4pm as Typhoon Kompasu lashes Hong Kong with heavy rain

Schools and government services suspended as Kompasu, upgraded to a typhoon, comes within 360km to the south of the city on Wednesday morning.

Schools and government services suspended as Kompasu, upgraded to a typhoon, comes within 360km to the south of the city on Wednesday morning.

Stock market closed, No 8 warning signal to remain until 4pm as Typhoon Kompasu lashes Hong Kong with heavy rain
13 Oct 2021 - 12:20PM
Hong Kong pop star Coco Lee’s mother breaks hip, shatters elbow in wild boar attack on The Peak

Traumatised Frances Wang, 83, undergoes five hours of surgery after boar charge near her home.

Traumatised Frances Wang, 83, undergoes five hours of surgery after boar charge near her home.

Hong Kong pop star Coco Lee’s mother breaks hip, shatters elbow in wild boar attack on The Peak
9 Oct 2021 - 9:15PM
Bumpy landing: Hong Kong migrants face culture shock in Britain, seek help for isolation, depression, marriage breakdown

Mental health woes linked to homesickness, language and cultural barriers, anxiety over future; older migrants miss familiarity of their old estates, company of friends.

Mental health woes linked to homesickness, language and cultural barriers, anxiety over future; older migrants miss familiarity of their old estates, company of friends.

Bumpy landing: Hong Kong migrants face culture shock in Britain, seek help for isolation, depression, marriage breakdown
9 Oct 2021 - 8:39AM
Hong Kong legislators pass upskirting law that makes crime punishable by 5 years in jail

Lawmakers pass Crimes (Amendment) Bill that covers a range of image-based sexual abuse offences.

Lawmakers pass Crimes (Amendment) Bill that covers a range of image-based sexual abuse offences.

Hong Kong legislators pass upskirting law that makes crime punishable by 5 years in jail
1 Oct 2021 - 11:43AM
London district holds ‘friendship festival’ to welcome Hong Kong BN(O) immigrants, soothe local worries over influx

Volunteers rolling out red carpet for new arrivals hope to avoid backlash from local residents over competition for schools, jobs.

Volunteers rolling out red carpet for new arrivals hope to avoid backlash from local residents over competition for schools, jobs.

London district holds ‘friendship festival’ to welcome Hong Kong BN(O) immigrants, soothe local worries over influx
25 Sep 2021 - 5:55AM
Hong Kong’s children of ‘split families’ on the move: they emigrated, returned to work, now they’re leaving again

Emigrants who returned to Hong Kong and now have children themselves create new wave of ‘reverse migration’ to Britain, US, Australia, Canada.

Emigrants who returned to Hong Kong and now have children themselves create new wave of ‘reverse migration’ to Britain, US, Australia, Canada.

Hong Kong’s children of ‘split families’ on the move: they emigrated, returned to work, now they’re leaving again
18 Sep 2021 - 8:00AM
Cathay Pacific sacked crew members. How are other Hong Kong firms convincing staff to get jabbed?

Employers who have managed to get all staff vaccinated say incentives and allaying fears worked in minimising resistance.

Employers who have managed to get all staff vaccinated say incentives and allaying fears worked in minimising resistance.

Cathay Pacific sacked crew members. How are other Hong Kong firms convincing staff to get jabbed?
14 Sep 2021 - 12:51PM
‘Not worth the hassle’: Hong Kong residents return from summer holidays with tales of pandemic stress, anxiety, increased costs

Changing rules resulting from Hong Kong’s ‘zero-infections’ Covid-19 strategy meant some who travelled abroad scrambled for flights, quarantine hotel rooms.

Changing rules resulting from Hong Kong’s ‘zero-infections’ Covid-19 strategy meant some who travelled abroad scrambled for flights, quarantine hotel rooms.

‘Not worth the hassle’: Hong Kong residents return from summer holidays with tales of pandemic stress, anxiety, increased costs
12 Sep 2021 - 10:46PM
Bystanders face up to 20 years’ jail for failing to report child abuse under proposed law change in Hong Kong

Law Reform Commission says offence should cover everyone who has a duty of care to victim, including family members, helpers, social workers and teachers.

Law Reform Commission says offence should cover everyone who has a duty of care to victim, including family members, helpers, social workers and teachers.

Bystanders face up to 20 years’ jail for failing to report child abuse under proposed law change in Hong Kong
10 Sep 2021 - 11:28PM
Beijing’s plans for Hong Kong’s economic expansion in Qianhai: firms welcome move but ask – will local governments do their part?

Firms are calling on officials on both sides to deliver concrete steps, such as streamlining regulations, more funding and even a quick entry permit.

Firms are calling on officials on both sides to deliver concrete steps, such as streamlining regulations, more funding and even a quick entry permit.

Beijing’s plans for Hong Kong’s economic expansion in Qianhai: firms welcome move but ask – will local governments do their part?
8 Sep 2021 - 10:20AM
Nicole Kidman, who was caught in Hong Kong quarantine storm, back in US after completing filming in city, publicist says

Hollywood actress stirred controversy over being granted exemption from the city’s lengthy quarantine period.

Hollywood actress stirred controversy over being granted exemption from the city’s lengthy quarantine period.

Nicole Kidman, who was caught in Hong Kong quarantine storm, back in US after completing filming in city, publicist says
8 Sep 2021 - 1:02AM
‘I can’t go home’: Afghans in Hong Kong watch and worry as Taliban sweeps into power

Chaos of US withdrawal moves Hongkongers to learn more, raise funds for NGO helping in Afghanistan.

Chaos of US withdrawal moves Hongkongers to learn more, raise funds for NGO helping in Afghanistan.

‘I can’t go home’: Afghans in Hong Kong watch and worry as Taliban sweeps into power
4 Sep 2021 - 3:36PM
Nearly 65,000 Hongkongers have applied for BN(O) visa scheme so far amid exodus under national security law

Official figures show that 47,300 applications were approved, with group suggesting trend means British government’s estimate of 100,000 in first year is ‘beginning to look conservative’.

Official figures show that 47,300 applications were approved, with group suggesting trend means British government’s estimate of 100,000 in first year is ‘beginning to look conservative’.

Nearly 65,000 Hongkongers have applied for BN(O) visa scheme so far amid exodus under national security law
26 Aug 2021 - 11:04PM
Hong Kong’s rising number of homeless women struggle on the streets, sleeping rough, trying to make ends meet

Agencies note ‘alarming’ rise in number of homeless women, call for more measures to help them.

Agencies note ‘alarming’ rise in number of homeless women, call for more measures to help them.

Hong Kong’s rising number of homeless women struggle on the streets, sleeping rough, trying to make ends meet
30 Aug 2021 - 8:23AM
6 months on for Hongkongers in Britain under BN(O) scheme – how are they doing and where are they now?

For Hong Kong families who left for Britain, the difficulties started before they even left the city and continued overseas, but some feel they are making progress.

For Hong Kong families who left for Britain, the difficulties started before they even left the city and continued overseas, but some feel they are making progress.

6 months on for Hongkongers in Britain under BN(O) scheme – how are they doing and where are they now?
8 Aug 2021 - 5:19PM
‘Hong Kong is my home’: Expats explain why they’re staying put

The implementation of the national security law (NSL) in Hong Kong has some members in the local expatriate community wondering whether it’s time to leave. But not everyone is ready to say goodbye to the city they call home. The Post’s Laura Westbrook speaks with three expats on why the NSL does not worry them. 

The implementation of the national security law (NSL) in Hong Kong has some members in the local expatriate community wondering whether it’s time to leave. But not everyone is ready to say goodbye to the city they call home. The Post’s Laura Westbrook speaks with three expats on why the NSL does not worry them. 

‘Hong Kong is my home’: Expats explain why they’re staying put
3 Aug 2021 - 5:25PM
‘This is my home’: Hong Kong’s foreign residents say they have no plans to leave because of national security law

Foreigners understand why some Hongkongers have left, but some say new law helped restore order after chaos of 2019 protests.

Foreigners understand why some Hongkongers have left, but some say new law helped restore order after chaos of 2019 protests.

‘This is my home’: Hong Kong’s foreign residents say they have no plans to leave because of national security law
1 Aug 2021 - 11:43AM
National security law: scholars, legal experts warn ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ slogan ‘very risky’ in wake of secession conviction

Ruling on popular protest slogan has broad implications for future trials, analysts say, amid debate on possibility of terrorism charge.

Ruling on popular protest slogan has broad implications for future trials, analysts say, amid debate on possibility of terrorism charge.

National security law: scholars, legal experts warn ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ slogan ‘very risky’ in wake of secession conviction
29 Jul 2021 - 8:50AM
Anti-Asian hatred has no place in London, mayor assures Hongkongers with BN(O) status making move

Sadiq Khan identifies helping new arrivals with language issues among key ways fresh £900,000 in funding can be employed.

Sadiq Khan identifies helping new arrivals with language issues among key ways fresh £900,000 in funding can be employed.

Anti-Asian hatred has no place in London, mayor assures Hongkongers with BN(O) status making move
23 Jul 2021 - 2:46PM
Hong Kong mum’s anger turns into mission to end prejudice, after autistic son is barred from using disabled toilet

New foundation hands out stickers with message urging compassion towards those with special needs.

New foundation hands out stickers with message urging compassion towards those with special needs.

Hong Kong mum’s anger turns into mission to end prejudice, after autistic son is barred from using disabled toilet
20 Jul 2021 - 3:20PM
Hong Kong's revamped electoral system bolsters pro-Beijing influence in key decision-making bodies

China has restructured Hong Kong's electoral system to give loyalist parties a greater majority in two key decision-making bodies: the Election Committee and the Legislative Council. The Election Committee responsible for picking Hong Kong's leader has been granted new powers to send 40 representatives to the city's Legislative Council, which has been expanded from 70 to 90 seats. A committee will also be formed to determine candidates' eligibility to run in local elections, using information provided by the police's national security unit, with no judicial review or appeal of the decision allowed. Opposition activists say the changes will quash dissent and snuff out democracy in the former British colony. But the government says the moves are vital for Hong Kong's long-term stability.
 

China has restructured Hong Kong's electoral system to give loyalist parties a greater majority in two key decision-making bodies: the Election Committee and the Legislative Council. The Election Committee responsible for picking Hong Kong's leader has been granted new powers to send 40 representatives to the city's Legislative Council, which has been expanded from 70 to 90 seats. A committee will also be formed to determine candidates' eligibility to run in local elections, using information provided by the police's national security unit, with no judicial review or appeal of the decision allowed. Opposition activists say the changes will quash dissent and snuff out democracy in the former British colony. But the government says the moves are vital for Hong Kong's long-term stability.
 

Hong Kong's revamped electoral system bolsters pro-Beijing influence in key decision-making bodies
14 Jul 2021 - 5:31PM
Left behind: Hong Kong’s elderly face old age with less family support as children with BN(O) visas opt for new lives abroad

Tears at Hong Kong airport as old folk bid farewell to Britain-bound children, grandchildren.

Tears at Hong Kong airport as old folk bid farewell to Britain-bound children, grandchildren.

Left behind: Hong Kong’s elderly face old age with less family support as children with BN(O) visas opt for new lives abroad
12 Jul 2021 - 2:38PM
How Hongkonger Ada Tsang beat setbacks, tragedy and failure to conquer Everest in record time

Nepal’s surge in Covid-19 cases keeps fastest woman climber in Kathmandu, unable to come home

Nepal’s surge in Covid-19 cases keeps fastest woman climber in Kathmandu, unable to come home

How Hongkonger Ada Tsang beat setbacks, tragedy and failure to conquer Everest in record time
8 Jul 2021 - 9:55PM
Is Hong Kong’s national security law being weaponised? Questions being asked as first case out of 61 goes before courts

Much remains unclear about bail, whether jury trials will be allowed, and how judges will sentence those convicted.

Much remains unclear about bail, whether jury trials will be allowed, and how judges will sentence those convicted.

Is Hong Kong’s national security law being weaponised? Questions being asked as first case out of 61 goes before courts
28 Jun 2021 - 10:53PM
Sexual violence: exhibition gives voice to Hong Kong victims who felt isolated, blamed and did not report attacks

Most victims stay silent, daunted by having to face medical checks, police and court process

Most victims stay silent, daunted by having to face medical checks, police and court process

Sexual violence: exhibition gives voice to Hong Kong victims who felt isolated, blamed and did not report attacks
27 Jun 2021 - 10:00AM